The Struggle is Real

With a title like that, you'd think it would be the 39-week pregnant blogger writing this post, but no, just little old me.

Nicole and Samantha

Nicole and I started this space over a year ago. Although we didn't actually launch the blog publically until January 9th, we worked hard, for months, to create a space we loved and were proud of. We still work hard on this space nearly every day. We plan posts a month or so in advance. We log in, we check our stats, we write posts for the next day and the day after that to make sure we're producing content 5 days a week. Outside of the blog itself, we pay attention to our Facebook pages, our Twitter accounts, and our Instagram account. This means sharing all our posts, posting pictures of our lives as well as blog related information. We've joined Facebook groups for bloggers in general, for bloggers in the PNW, for food bloggers, you name it. We comment on blogs regularly and try to interact with everyone from our friends and family to other bloggers and amazing people we've met through this blogging journey.

All this to say: blogging is a full-time job.

It's a job we love. And, I think even more importantly, it's a job we want to love. Nicole and I started a blog for several reasons. We had this crazy dream of someday quitting our jobs to be full-time bloggers, we wanted a space and an outlet where we could be creative, we wanted something we could collaborate on, but more than anything, we wanted to create community. We wanted to make friends with people all across the world, or even just new friends in the PNW. We wanted the camaraderie that bloggers seem to have with other bloggers because we know we're all facing the same uphill battle. We wanted to create a space where women could come and read advice and pointers and read about our struggles and our lives. We wanted a safe space where other women like us could come and feel welcome and valued and understood. 

Over the last year or so, we've achieved some of these goals. We've had sponsorship opportunities that we've turned down because we both want to be as authentic as possible and writing about something that we wouldn't use doesn't interest us. We've created a space that we collaborate on daily and where we can be creative and honest and real. What we wanted most, though, the community, it eludes us. We have a few very loyal followers (who we ADORE) that comment on our posts and give us the camaraderie that we're looking for, but mostly we're just here, doing our thing, by ourselves.

This has left us both feeling a bit lost and disenchanted at times. You may have noticed we've taken some short breaks, a few days off here and there. These days have been for us to reconvene, to try to figure out what we want to do with this space and how we plan to achieve our goals. We've taken days off to remotivate ourselves and to get the creative juices flowing again. We come back rejuvenated and ready to tackle the world with our great plans in hand, a blueprint of how we're going to piece together the blogging puzzle to get to where we want to be. And then, seemingly nothing changes and we're still here, doing out thing, by ourselves.

Neither Nicole or I want to leave this space or quit blogging because we do believe that we have things of value to say and we do believe that the community we desire is out there to be found. But we have struggled and we do need to take a pseudo-step-back. We have decided we'll no longer be blogging on Fridays. Not because we don't have enough to say, but because when we're doing too much, we get dispirited and we lose the fun that this space is supposed to hold for us. 

We still love this space and look forward to coming here and working hard and growing our community, but it's important to us that we continue looking forward to this work and to this job and to do that we need to cut back a bit. We both have a lot going on that we can't wait to share with all of you and we can't wait to see what kind of discussion and community we can get going as we continue to share our space, our ideas, and our lives with the world of bloggers and blog readers. 

Thank you for reading my very long (hopefully not too complain-y) post about how blogging can be a real struggle and we're still trying to figure out exactly how to navigate it. If you have any pointers, we're up for classes, webinars, chats with other bloggers, etc. We'd love to hear what you want to read or learn about what posts you've loved from us the most. We want to understand our audience so that we can create content that is valuable to not only us but to you as well. Thank you for continuing to come to this space and please don't fret, Stitch Fix will just be moved to one Thursday a month instead of Friday :) 

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